We’re thrilled to host Mary Dudziak, Professor of Law, History, and Political Science at the Southern California Law School (and founder of the Legal History Blog), Thursday, January 22nd, 5:00 – 8:30 pm. She’ll be discussing topics addressed in two of her books, Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American Democracy and Exporting American Dreams: Thurgood Marshall’s African Journey. I expect that this program will deepen our work with Constitutional Connections and Causes of Conflict through adding a global dimension.
Teachers attending will receive three clock hours and dinner. The program is free but advanced registration is required. Contact Matt Karlsen at your earliest convenience if you’d like to attend.
Update: The following readings will serve to prepare you for the session.
On understanding Brown (and, in turn, the modern Civil Rights Movement) in a Cold War context:
- Mary Dudziak, Brown as a Cold War Case
- Excerpt from Amicus brief for the U.S. in Brown v. Board of Ed
- The Brown decision
On Thurgood Marshall in Kenya:
- Exporting American Dreams Chapter 1
- Exporting American Dreams pp. 37-54
- Exporting American Dreams pp. 65-80
- Exporting American Dreams pp. 90-96
- Thurgood Marshall’s Draft Bill of Rights for Kenya, 1960
Additional resources include:
- Mary Dudziak’s law review article on Marshall’s 1960 episode
- Mary Dudziak’s Desegregation as a Cold War Imperative
- American Radio Works’ Thurgood Marshall Before the Court
- The Smithsonian’s Separate is Not Equal site
- The Teaching the Journal of American History postings related to James Meriwether’s article “‘Worth a Lot of Negro Votes’: Black Voters, Africa, and the 1960 Presidential Campaign”
- Professor Dudziak’s November 2006 podcasted presentation at Duke, “Working Toward Democracy: Thurgood Marshall and the Constitution of Kenya”
A follow-up blog entry is posted here.